Ebola

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In Sierra Leone, Ebola Teams Hunt for the Sick

Country's latest move against a 'vicious enemy'

(Newser) - Ebola surveillance teams fanned out today in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown to search for sick people, as the president imposed new restrictions on movement and gatherings in a bid to stop the disease's spread. President Ernest Bai Koroma launched "Operation Western Area Surge" in a national... More »

Lie of the Year: Overblown Ebola Claims

Americans' concern about disease has wildly fluctuated

(Newser) - When Americans learned about the Ebola outbreak in March, they weren't too concerned; then, "from August to October, it was the apocalypse," a researcher tells Politifact . Now, they say it was "overhyped," he notes. Indeed, when a US health worker arrived for treatment in the... More »

Ebola Vaccine Trial Halted Over Side Effects

Leading vaccine candidate delayed by joint pain in volunteers

(Newser) - Swiss researchers have suspended the testing of one of the leading Ebola vaccine candidates after some volunteers reported unexpected side effects. In a statement issued today, the University of Geneva Hospital said the trial—which had vaccinated 59 people since November—had been suspended "as a precautionary measure."... More »

Time's Person of Year: Ebola Fighters

'For sacrificing and saving'

(Newser) - "For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are Time's 2014 Person of the Year." So concludes editor Nancy Gibbs' piece on why this year's honor goes... More »

How an American Patient Changed Ebola Treatment

Despite ordeal, Dr. Ian Crozier plans to return to West Africa

(Newser) - Doctors feared an American colleague flown to Atlanta for Ebola treatment would die—and he nearly did. But Ian Crozier, a Rhodesia-born doctor who treated patients in Sierra Leone, has lived to tell his tale to the New York Times , which reports that his treatment in Atlanta has helped change... More »

Obama Calls for $6B to Fight Ebola

President makes plea to Congress for emergency aid to help West Africa

(Newser) - West Africa is still in dire need of international help in fighting Ebola, and President Obama is appealing to Congress to approve $6.2 billion in aid for just that purpose, the AP reports. "We cannot beat Ebola without more funding," he said during a visit yesterday to... More »

No Sex for Male Ebola Survivors, Says WHO

Health org says virus could stay in semen for 3 months

(Newser) - There hasn't been one documented case of Ebola being transmitted via sex yet, but the World Health Organization advises that male survivors of the virus refrain from sexual relations (including oral sex) for 90 days after being declared Ebola-free, Reuters reports. "Men who have recovered from Ebola virus... More »

Robbers Steal Bag of Ebola Blood in Taxi

Though they probably weren't aware of it

(Newser) - Three robbers stopped a taxi in remote Guinea yesterday and relieved its nine passengers of their wallets, phones, and jewelry. They also grabbed a cooler bag from one of the passengers, and the contents could prove their undoing: vials of blood believed to be infected with Ebola, reports AP . A... More »

Ebola Survivor Quarantined Over Infectious Semen

Virus lingers in semen for months

(Newser) - An Indian man recovered from Ebola back in September, before flying from Liberia to Delhi on Nov. 10—but the 26-year-old has been quarantined anyway, because though his blood tested negative for the virus, his semen tested positive. Ebola lingers in semen for months after a person has recovered, a... More »

Cautious NYC Tested Dead Body for Ebola

Woman who died of apparent heart attack found not to have the virus

(Newser) - A cautious New York City tested the body of a woman who died at a hair salon in Brooklyn yesterday for Ebola, though the unidentified woman hadn't exhibited any symptoms of the virus and died of an apparent heart attack. WABC-TV reports those results came back negative. The woman,... More »

Latest US Ebola Patient Dies

Dr. Martin Salia was being treated in Nebraska

(Newser) - The surgeon who arrived for treatment in Nebraska Saturday after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone has died, according to the Omaha hospital where he was being treated in a biocontainment unit. Martin Salia's first Ebola test came back negative, the Washington Post reported last night, leading friends and colleagues... More »

Surgeon With Ebola Arrives in Nebraska for Treatment

Martin Salia may be sicker than previous US patients

(Newser) - A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone arrived in Nebraska today for treatment at a biocontainment unit where two other people with the disease have been successfully treated. Dr. Martin Salia, who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha this afternoon and... More »

Nebraska to Get Its 3rd Ebola Patient

A US surgeon originally from Sierra Leone contracted the disease there

(Newser) - At least five doctors in Sierra Leone—one of three West African nations at the heart of the worst Ebola outbreak in history—have died after contracting the virus while treating patients. Now a surgeon from Sierra Leone who is a permanent resident of the US is being flown to... More »

Last US Ebola Patient Released From NYC Hospital

Dr. Craig Spencer released from New York's Bellevue

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor who was the first Ebola patient in the nation's biggest city has been released from a New York City hospital and thanked the medical workers who treated him. Dr. Craig Spencer was released from Bellevue Hospital today at a joyous news conference where medical team... More »

Last US Ebola Patient Free of the Disease

Craig Spencer will be released from NYC hospital tomorrow

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor who had Ebola has recovered and is scheduled to be released from the hospital tomorrow, health officials say—which means "there is no more Ebola in the United States," New York reports. Craig Spencer "has been declared free of the virus," the... More »

18K California Nurses Have Decided to Go on Strike

Nurses union says Kaiser Permanente hospitals unprepared for Ebola

(Newser) - Kaiser Permanente hospitals aren't ready for Ebola, say its nurses, and tomorrow 18,000 of them are set to begin a two-day strike over that and other issues. Their union claims Kaiser has "refused to address [their] concerns … about Ebola safety protocols and protective equipment, refusing even... More »

Hickox, Boyfriend Are Leaving Maine Town

Ted Wilbur has withdrawn from nursing program

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox's 21-day Ebola incubation period ends at 11:59pm tomorrow, and the Maine nurse will waste little time after that in getting out of Dodge, reports the Bangor Daily News . Hickox's boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, has withdrawn from the nursing program at the University of Maine Fort Kent,... More »

Ebola Nurse Who Flew: I Wasn't Reckless

Amber Vinson says she followed all the rules in place

(Newser) - Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is well aware that she took a lot of flak for flying to Ohio before getting sick with Ebola. But she tells Matt Lauer at Today that she followed all the protocols in place from her superiors before taking the trip. "I'm not reckless,... More »

CDC Guard Who Snapped Obama Pic Says Firing 'Unjust'

CDC contractor Kenneth Tate canned after getting too close to president's limo

(Newser) - CDC security guard Kenneth Tate was excited when President Obama set foot in his elevator during his September visit, even shaking the president's hand in a moment that made him "proud," the New York Times reports. But when Tate escorted Obama back to his limo, he snapped... More »

Hickox Blasts Christie's 'Abundance of Politics'

Apologizes to Maine town, says she won't go to crowded places

(Newser) - It's not often heads as hard as those belonging to Chris Christie and Kaci Hickox collide, and the Maine nurse today showed no sign of letting up over the quarantine she faced upon her return to the United States—which a Maine judge ended Friday —telling NBC News... More »

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